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COVID-19 False Advertising Wasn't Any Falser Than During Other Public Health Crises; The Internet Was The Difference Maker

Executive Summary

The types of unsupported claims made during the COVID-19 pandemic have not been so different from those seen before when the US faced public health emergencies. But this time advertisers' digital capabilities turned up the volume on false and unsubstantiated claims about COVID cures and the like, says Rich Cleland, FTC Consumer Protection Bureau attorney.

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